Word of the Day – Matrilocal

By March 6, 2018Word of the Day

Matrilocal (adj)


Denoting a custom in marriage whereby the husband goes to live with the wife’s community.

Early 20th century: from Latin mater, matr- ‘mother’ + local.

Example sentences

“Studies have shown us that the community was matrilocal in its set up.”

Word of the Day – Pilgarlic

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Pilgarlic (noun)


Originally: a bald head; a bald-headed person. In later use also: a pitiable, lowly, or foolish person; a shabby or unkempt person. Frequently used without article, as though a proper name.

Early 16th century; earliest use found in John Skelton (c1460–1529), poet. In some forms apparently partly from pilled + garlic and partly from peeled + garlic; in some forms apparently partly from pill + garlic and partly from peel + garlic.

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